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Why taxes in Kansas matter

July 12th, 2017

William GaleandVanessa Williamsondiscuss what can be learned from state-level experiments in taxation in Kansas and California, Americans’ feelings about paying their taxes, and the empirical evidence versus ideology on how tax policy affects economic growth. Full show notes available here:http://brook.gs/2vcjAx6 Take 2 minutes to tell us what...

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